Category Archives: Francis of Assisi

Francis of Assisi (part 3) – Cavani’s Francesco

Liliana Cavani made two films about Francis: Francis of Assisi (1966) and Francesco (1989). Both were considered scandalous. The 1966 film reflected the cultural and social changes of the sixties. The social awakening of youth, the breaking away from authority, … Continue reading

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Francis of Assisi (part 2) – Zeffirelli’s Brother Sun, Sister Moon

In Brother Sun, Sister Moon (1972), Franco Zeffirelli’s Francis (Graham Faulkner) is a romantic rebellious youth. He echoes the ‘Jesus freaks’ of the sixties. Zeffirelli’s Francis rejects the other-wordly divine, the representations of heaven and hell, to emphasise creation in an almost … Continue reading

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Francis of Assisi (part 1) – Rossellini’s The Flowers of St. Francis

Francis of Assisi was a complex character, who has been too often imagined as the sweet and gentle fool delighting in the singing of birds. In reality, he was a radical and uncompromising figure, and yet also compassionate and pragmatic. … Continue reading

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